The Secret Cow Level

The Secret Cow Level

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Mechanics
  3. Wirt's Leg
  4. Hidden Quest
  5. Monsters
  6. Cow King's Leathers (Set)
  7. Farming here?
  8. Summary

Introduction

MOOOOOO.... Ok, now that that is out of the system. Welcome to our article on Diablo II: Resurrected's most iconic area, "The Secret Cow Level". The myth starts in Diablo 1, where players believed clicking a certain cow in Tristram for many times would open a Secret Cow Level. Blizzard officially confirmed that there was in fact no Secret Cow Level in Diablo by adding the cheat code "There is no cow level" in the later released Starcraft 1. During the production of Diablo 2, Blizzard released a screenshot featuring fighting cows on 1st April 1999. People obviously started wondering... was this an April Fool's joke, or will there be a Secret Cow Level? Diablo 2 released, and as players went through Act 2, they claimed the mysterious Horadric Cube which allows for the transmutation of items. Naturally, they started experimenting and eventually found the recipe that opens a Portal to The Secret Cow Level to farm hordes of Bovines!


Mechanics

  • The Portal to The Secret Cow Level is opened by putting Wirt's Leg and a Tome of Town Portal into the Horadric Cube and transmuting them in Act 1, Rogue Encampment.
  • To open The Secret Cow Level, a Character has to pass 1 check:
    • The Character that hits Transmute must have killed Baal and finished Quest 6 of Act 5 in the same difficulty.
  • Inside The Secret Cow Level, you exclusively find monsters called Hell Bovines.
  • Fun fact: The "Moo"-sounds are actual recordings of the developers. Everyone in the office was asked to give it their best shot!

Wirt's Leg

To open The Secret Cow Level, you need to acquire Wirt's Leg. It can be found on the body of Wirt, which lies on the far left corner of Tristram, which you enter through a red Portal in Act 1 Stony Fields. This Portal will open in every game after the Character has activated the Cairn Stones, using the Scroll of Inifuss. A yellow X marks the location of the red Portal to Tristram when you are within ~2 screens.


Hidden Quest

There is a hidden Quest for The Secret Cow Level to kill The Cow King. He is located at the bottom of a squared shaped "fort" setup which sits in a random position of The Secret Cow Level. When the Quest is completed in a game, The Cow King will drop 8 Stamina Potions. Because of this, players sometimes refer to this Quest as "milking" The Cow King.


Hell Bovines & The Cow King

Only Hell Bovines can spawn in The Secret Cow Level. Let's look at their Stats:

Hell Bovines

Basic Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Monster Level286181
Base Experience80610,14436,607
Life159-3423,033-3,7239,442-15,449

Offensive Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Damage Melee Attack 127-4066-91120-167
Attack Rating Melee Attack 12661,5444,232
Damage Melee Attack 232-4361-86111-158
Attack Rating Melee Attack 22891,8414,232

Defensive Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Defense1476621,264
Chance to Block (in %)Doesn't blockDoesn't blockDoesn't block
Damage Resist (in %)03350
Magic Resist (in %)01533
Fire Resist (in %)02550
Cold Resist (in %)02550
Lightning Resist (in %)02550
Poison Resist (in %)02550
Drain Effectiveness (in %)1007566
Chill Effectiveness (in %)504033

The Cow King

The Cow King always spawns with the Elite Affixes "Magic Resistant" and "Lightning Enchanted", making him Immune to Lightning in all difficulties and adds Lightning Damage to his attacks. He spawns around the bottom corner of a squared shaped "fort" setup.

Basic Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Monster Level316784
Base Experience98814,25773,214
Life188-4049,101-11,16918,884-30,898

Offensive Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Damage Melee Attack 130-44
13-20
71-99
36-55
122-169
62-94
Attack Rating Melee Attack 12971,6844,381
Damage Melee Attack 235-47
13-20
62-89
36-55
112-159
62-94
Attack Rating Melee Attack 23232,0084,381

Defensive Stats:

NormalNightmareHell
Defense1636121,111
Chance to Block (in %)Doesn't blockDoesn't blockDoesn't block
Damage Resist (in %)03350
Magic Resist (in %)01533
Fire Resist (in %)406590
Cold Resist (in %)406590
Lightning Resist (in %)115140165
Poison Resist (in %)02533
Drain Effectiveness (in %)07566
Chill Effectiveness (in %)04033

Elite Affixes:

NormalNightmareHell
Affix 1Magic ResistantMagic ResistantMagic Resistant
Affix 2Lightning EnchantedLightning EnchantedLightning Enchanted
Affix 3-Random AffixRandom Affix
Affix 4--Random Affix

Cow King's Leathers

This special 3-piece Set drops exclusively in The Secret Cow Level. The Cow King has the highest drop chance for its pieces. But don't worry; all Hell Bovines can drop the Set pieces.

Tip: If you want to farm this Set, go to the Normal difficulty for the Boots and Body Armor to limit the loot table of the Hell Bovines. For the same reason, Nightmare is the best difficulty to farm the Helmet.

The Set is very powerful from early to mid-game and competes with other strong options in that time. With its +30% Increased Attack Speed, it is especially strong for attack based Characters, which can extract the full power of it until it becomes obsolete with later gear options. Granting 125% Better Chance of Finding Magic Items, it's a solid option while farming for other Uniques and Sets.


Farming Cows?

The Secret Cow Level is a great place to farm when you are looking for Runes (dropping up to Zod Rune), Gems, Jewels, Charms, and Base Items for Runewords. While Uniques and Sets can also be found, this is only a secondary reason to farm here. High player counts benefit this farming strategy significantly.

Characters with large Area of Effect (AOE) damage are the true kings and queens of The Secret Cow Level. Check out our Density Destroying Tier List for inspiration.


Summary

  • Finish Baal's Quest before transmuting a Wirt's Leg and a Tome of Town Portal in Act 1's Rogue Encampment to open a Portal to The Secret Cow Level.
  • Use Characters with big AOE damage to farm The Secret Cow Level for Runes, Gems, Jewels, Charms and Base Items for Runewords.
  • MOOOOOOOOOOO

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